Glossary of Cigar Terms

V Cutter

Also known as a wedge cutter or a cat’s eye cutter, a v cutter has a v-shaped blade (see photo) that gauges an opening in the head of a …

Vega
VAY-Guh | noun

A tobacco plantation.

Vein

A structural part of a leaf. Prominent veins can be a defect in wrappers. Many cigar rollers strip part of the vein when rolling a cigar, …

Vintage

When a vintage date is used for a cigar, it usually refers to the year one of the tobacco components (typically the filler) was harvested, …

Viso
Vee-So | noun

A grade of filler tobacco. Viso leaf is more powerful than seco and less powerful than ligero. It also tends to be thinner than ligero and …

Vista
Vee-Stah | noun

The inner lid of the box, usually depicting brand art, crests or logos.

Vitola
Vit-Oh-Lah | noun

A cigar factory term for a cigar shape. Robusto and corona are two examples of vitolas.

Volado
Vol-Ah-Doh | noun

A grade of filler tobacco. Volado leaf is more powerful than seco and less powerful than ligero. It also tends to be thinner than ligero …

Vuelta Abajo
Vwel-Tuh Uh-Bah-Hoh | noun

The valley in western Cuba that many believe produces the best cigar tobacco in the world. Photo by Angus McRitchie